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Autism and Dentistry. Free Course.


About this course

Free course - no card required

Since 2022, the UK has legally required all healthcare professionals, including those in the dental sector, to receive autism-specific training.

This came as a direct result of tireless campaigning by Oliver McGowan's mother, Paula, after her son's untimely death. A misjudgment in his treatment, despite clear warnings from his parents, led to devastating consequences.

Our comprehensive online course is designed to equip dental professionals with the essential knowledge and nuanced understanding necessary to offer exceptional care to individuals with autism and autism spectrum disorder.

This free course is a CQC mandatory topic.

This course is relevant to the whole dental team.

CPD Time: 1 hour (1 CPD Credit)

Customer feedback on this course

  • Very insightful and helpful, presented in a very interesting manner.
  • I thought it was extremely good, the videos were high quality and relevant
  • A really good overview of the impact neurodivergent patients have on the dental surgery and the impact we can have on them.
  • Very well explained and useful.
  • Excellent and insightful.

Assessment: 12 MCQs. Pass mark 75%. more…

On passing the assessment you will immediately receive a GDC-recognised Enhanced CPD Certificate.

To enhance dental professionals' knowledge, understanding, and skills in providing comprehensive dental care to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ensuring a patient-centred, safe, and effective approach.

Course objective:
• Equip dental professionals with the necessary tools, techniques, and understanding to adapt their practices to better serve patients with ASD, encompassing everything from initial communication to post-treatment care.

Anticipated learning outcomes:
The learner will:
• understand the core characteristics and nuances of ASD.
• be adept in effective communication and thorough patient assessment tailored for ASD.
• know how to prepare an ASD-friendly practice environment and manage sensory challenges.
• be skilled in creating and implementing treatment plans, taking into account anaesthesia and sedation considerations.
• be proficient in collaborating with caregivers and providing specialised post-treatment guidance.

GDC Development Outcomes:

Learning content:
Autism and Dentistry | Understanding ASD | Preparing the practice environment | Effective communication | Patient assessment | Managing sensory sensitivities | Treatment planning | Local Anaesthesia | Sedation and general anaesthesia | Assessment for sedation and GA | Sedation in the practice | Distraction techniques | Post-operative care | Working with parents and caregivers

Show suggested PDP entry

You can copy and adapt this example PDP entry for your own needs and circumstances. The format complies with GDC guidance on PDP structure.

PDP Learning or Maintenance need
Understanding Autism and ASD, and its impact on dental care.
How does this relate to my field of practice?
My job is patient facing.
Which development outcome(s) does it link to?
What benefit will this have to my work?
Perform tasks that are required for my normal role/duties.
How will I meet this learning or maintenance need?
Take the Verified Learning course on Autism and Dentistry
When will I complete this by?

Note: After copying and adapting the suggested PDP entry, remember to reflect, plan, act, and evaluate for every CPD activity you undertake.